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Youth Ambassador Series: Exploring Different Mental Health Disorders – Schizophrenia

As part of NAMI Eastside’s Youth Ambassador program, Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee is exploring the eight different mental health disorders defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).   About Schizophrenia NAMI…

Youth Ambassador Series: Exploring Different Mental Health Disorders – PTSD

As part of NAMI Eastside’s Youth Ambassador program, Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee is exploring the eight different mental health disorders defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).   About Post-Traumatic Stress…

Black History Month

February 2024 – Perspectives during Black History Month  In 1976 President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month “to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area…

1-19-24 email: New support groups

This is the plain text Spanish translation of the NAMI Eastside weekly newsletter. View this email in English in your browser here Los grupos de apoyo están dirigidos por voluntarios…
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Youth Ambassador Series: Exploring Different Mental Health Disorders – Depression

As part of NAMI Eastside’s Youth Ambassador program, Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee is exploring the eight different mental health disorders defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).   About Depression By…

Youth Ambassador Series: Exploring Different Mental Health Disorders – Bipolar Disorder

As part of NAMI Eastside’s Youth Ambassador program, Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee is exploring the eight different mental health disorders defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).   About Bipolar Disorder…

You Don’t Have to Suffer with Seasonal Depression – Tackling SAD

By Donna Lurie, a person managing seasonal depression for 20+ years What is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Seasonal Affective Disorder or…

Youth Ambassador Series: Exploring Different Mental Health Disorders – Anxiety Disorder

As part of NAMI Eastside’s Youth Ambassador program, Jinwoo “Antonio” Lee is exploring the eight different mental health disorders defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).   About Anxiety Disorder…

Giving Tuesday thanks: Matching extended through Dec. 1

Thank you to everyone that donated for Giving Tuesday yesterday. It’s very encouraging to see the outpouring of support for mental health services and awareness. A huge thank you as…

Support Youth Mental Health on #GivingTuesday

Friends of NAMI have never been afraid to think big – tackling the complicated subject of mental health, and ultimately breaking the stigma that surrounds mental illness is no small…

Honoring a Legacy: Remembering Susan Rynas, Co-Founder of NAMI Eastside

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Susan Rynas, a remarkable woman who, together with her husband Mike, and with their friend, Brigitte ‘Bri’ Wiechmann, founded NAMI Eastside.…

Luncheon Press Release

NAMI Eastside Luncheon to Explore Loneliness Epidemic, Award Surgeon General The theme is inspired by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy’s work confronting the loneliness epidemic. NAMI Eastside’s luncheon seeks…

Profiles in Mental Health: Noah Kahan

Who is Noah Kahan   Noah Kahan is a rising star in the music world, and an outlier in today’s pop music scene. Not only does his stripped-down intimate style…

Photos from YMHC 2023

Enjoy some of the images from our 2023 Youth Mental Health Conference in Redmond. If you attended the conference please fill out this quick feedback form. It helps our organization…

GiveBIG for Mental Health Awareness Month

It’s mental health awareness month and there is no better way to kick it off than with the annual GiveBIG event   We are pleased to announce that all donations…

2023 Member Meeting

NAMI Eastside’s Annual Member Meeting 2023 [1/28/2023]   Thank you to everyone who attended our successful 2023 Member Meeting! You can view the recording of the Zoom meeting here:  …

Women in Transitional Housing (WITH)

    Asserting my independence started about 8 years ago right outside El Paso, Texas city limits. My three daughters and I were living with my ex-in-laws while the father…

How to Listen With Compassion and Understanding

I’ve come to realize that one of the most important forms of connection is communication and how we communicate with one another. I don’t simply mean by speaking or being…
TDAwarenessWeek

TDAwarenessWeek 2022

NAMI Eastside is proud to honor the 5th Annual #TDAwarenessWeek. Tardive Dyskinesia is a condition of uncontrollable movements, which may develop from taking certain mental health medications. Learn more at…

2022 Legislative Insights: Change Law Enforcement Response to Mental Health Distress Calls

By Donna Lurie, NAMI Eastside Board President To keep our readers informed, we plan to feature key pieces of legislation and legislative activity of interest to the mental health community. …

Ways to Refill Your Kettle

If a kettle is out of water, there is no way to make tea until the kettle is refilled. People are the same way. As much as we may want…

Be Thankful for Yourself 

It’s the time of the year where we remember what we are thankful for. While Thanksgiving itself is a controversial holiday, the idea of giving thanks is quite nice. So,…

Living with Suicidal Ideations

I’d like begin by saying that if you or a loved one have thoughts about suicide or ending your own life please reach out the Crisis Prevention Hotline at their…

Being Alone with Anxiety

I’ve decided to write this in the present moment rather than attempting to articulate what anxiety feels like and what being alone with anxiety feels like. If I try to…

Suicide Awareness

By: Barbie Collins Young It’s been 3 years since I lost my dearest friend, Kate, on September 10th.  September 10th, ironically, is suicide awareness day, and it was a day…

The Impact of NAMI

By: Tiffany Romito A little more than 4 years ago I had just given birth to my second son. He was born on Christmas 2016. Only 15 months younger than…
Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

7am: Wake up, make breakfast, relax.  8am: First meeting of the day.  9am: Write your to-dos from updated emails over the weekend.  9:30am: Second meeting of the day.  10am: Begin…

Finding Pride in Being Bisexual

June is Pride Month. For these 30 days we recognize those who have fought – and are still fighting – for LGBTQ+ civil rights. During June, there is an extra…

Am I Bad at School or Am I Struggling With My Mental Health?

At 21 years old, I was diagnosed with ADHD. For most of my life, up until that point, I had been flailing about, working extra hard to meet standards that…

Why Men Ignore Their Mental Health Out of Fear of Being “Weak”

Men: strong, unfearful, brave, logical. As a man, these adjectives are what I think of when I think of society’s version of men. We are painted as figures that are…